Looking Back: 8/2

This photograph, taken during the 1913 flood, shows the Donahue Saloon and Hotel and the Donahue residence on the right. The tavern shown at the left was formerly Fritch’s Dutch Lunch Tavern and is Headquarters restaurant today. The residence was removed when Alvin Ruxer constructed new auto show rooms at that location. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff) 

65 Years Ago
August 1, 1949
In a business deal concluded Saturday, Burnell Winegar of Indianapolis purchased from Florian Bettag the building, equipment and stock of the Jasper Auto & Machine Company. Mr. Winegar assumed ownership of the business this morning, and said there will be no halt in operations. Florian Bettag bought the business six years ago from Carl Krodel, and has been associated with the firm for the past 17 years. Mr. Winegar said that additional machinery will be installed in the local shop. Present machinery will be re-arranged and the shop will be remodeled, he said.

August 2
A crowd believed to have been the biggest ever to hear the public band concerts on the Public Square in Jasper turned out yesterday evening to hear the regular Monday evening concert of the Jasper City Band and their guest entertainers, the chorus of the Jasper chapter of the Barbershoppers. An enthusiastic ovation was given to the band and the Barbershoppers. The latter sang four numbers.

August 3
The first calls were made yesterday to initiate the Welcome Wagon Service in Jasper. Two engaged girls were the recipients of the calls, made by Mrs. Claude Clark, Welcome Wagon hostess. Miss Margie Miller became the first “customer” of the service. Mrs. Clark’s second call was on Miss Mary Jane Salb. Both Miss Salb and Miss Miller will be married this month.
Manager Franklin “Red” Mundy’s YMI softball team moved back into first place in the Dubois County League last night, defeating the Jasper K of C, 4-3, in ten innings and dropping the Knights from first to a tie for third place. Meanwhile, the Jasper Moose team was awarded a 9-0 forfeit triumph over Fleig’s Cafe of Ferdinand when the Cafemen failed to field a team in the curtain raiser at Recreation Field.

August 4
Dubois County’s first case of Polio during the present nation-wide epidemic has occurred in the northeast section of Jasper. The victim is Darlene Welp, nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.  Clem Welp of 1407 Franklin Street. The little girl became ill on Tuesday and started running a temperature. Yesterday afternoon she was taken to the office of Dr. L. A. Salb, who advised that she be taken to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis immediately. The child was taken to the hospital by her parents, and this morning Dr. Salb received a report from the hospital stating that Darlene definitely has polio. Her left arm and shoulder are affected by the illness.

The Kiwanis Club of Huntingburg met at the Ideal Hotel Monday noon, registered, and then boarded a chartered bus and motored to Nelta Simpson’s coal mine near Boonville. Many of the members had not visited a deep, underground coal mine before. It was a novel but delightful experience.
The Jasper Reds added to their string of Wednesday night home field victories last night, defeating the visiting Fireman from Louisville, 10-5. Nigg Schreiner, won his third night game for the Reds, holding the Fireman to seven scattered hits. For the Reds, “Jiggs” Ruxer belted three singles, Tommy Becher hit safely twice as did “Nigg” Pfeffer.

August 5
Joe Stemle, who has been associated since 1941 with Herb Egloff, Jasper appliance dealer and distributor for Phillips 66 products, has bought out Mr. Egloff’s interest in the Egloff Sales-Service store on the northwest corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets. The new owner took over the business this morning. Joe has been manager of the appliance store at Sixth and Jackson  for Mr. Egloff since the store was opened on March 1, 1941, with the exception of three years spent in military services after he enlisted in the Navy in December of 1942. Joe will operate the store under his own name.

August 6
Another on-the-farm training class has been organized in Dubois County. The latest class to come into existence has been formed by 24 World War II veterans at Holland. Other classes have been conducted for some time at Birdseye, Ferdinand and Jasper. The classes are financed by the Veteran’s Administration and the program is open to veterans engaged in agriculture. The new class will meet once a week in the Holland school and will be under the supervision of school authorities.

50 Years Ago
August 3, 1964
Jasper’s own police radio station has been on the air since last Wednesday night. Up until that time the radios in the city police cars were served by a hook-up with the state police radio system, but since the work load of the state police system has increased greatly it was no longer possible for this arrangement to continue. However, now that the City of Jasper  has its own police radio network, the city patrol cars will still be equipped with receivers that will enable them to get the state police calls as well as the ones from the city radio system. This will assure added protection to the residents of the area. The phone number for the City Police Station is 55.

August 4
At an election held between 6:45 and 7:30 this morning at the Jasper Seating Company, employees voted to retain the Jasper Union, an independent group, as their bargaining agent. The vote was 45 for the Jasper Union, 33 for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and two votes cast in favor of recognizing neither union. The Jasper Union has been the bargaining agent at the Jasper Seating Company for about 12 years. During that time there have been no strikes and George Sermersheim, the president of the independent union, stated that the wages of the employees have progressed to the point where they are as high or higher than those prevailing in other Jasper plants.
Dave Luegers pitched a no-hit, no-run game last night that enabled the Dodgers to beat the Cubs, 7-0 and wrap up the first half championship in Major League play at the Jasper Little League.

August 5
The Huntingburg Teen League team defeated their counterparts from Jasper by the score of 5-1 behind the pitching and batting of John Wellemeyer.  Wellemeyer smashed a grand slam in the first inning to give the visitors more than enough runs for the victory as Jasper managed just one tally. Wellemeyer went the distance for the winners striking out 17 and walking only two. Randy Seger was the leading hitter for Jasper with a triple and a single. In the nightcap at Recreation Field, the Jasper Legion broke a 2-2 deadlock in the eighth inning by “squeezing” home the winning run. Pat Stallings, Mark Allen and Mike Dippel all took a turn on the mound with Dippel getting credit for the win. Mick Stenftenagel, a former Jasper Legion player, started on the mound for the Merchants and worked seven innings until Dave Small, another former Legion player, came on in relief.

August 6
Plans for the sale of the assets of the Huntingburg Furniture Company, Inc., to Dolly Madison Foods, Inc., of New York were announced jointly this morning by James Heller, board chairman of Dolly Madison, and Joseph C. Wulfman, president of the Huntingburg furniture firm. Huntingburg Furniture, Inc., has 14 divisions in five states and its products have an annual value of over $13 million. The firm manufactures bedroom, dining room, office and occasional furniture and employs more than 1,000 people in its total operations. It is recognized in the industry as a producer of low to medium priced promotional furniture.

The featured speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Jasper Kiwanis Club in the K. of C. Club was Dick Henderson, a member of COHERE Committee, who gave a talk regarding the progress being made to build a Christian Brothers College on Jasper’s south side. Mr. Henderson said the proposed opening date of the college is Sept. 1, 1966. An enrollment of about 150 students is anticipated.

August 7
Seven units of the 38th Infantry Division, Indiana National Guard, including the Jasper unit, will be flown to Puerto Rico on Friday and Saturday of this week for two weeks of field training at Camp Salinas. This marks the first time that a National Guard force of such dimensions has been airlifted outside the continental U. S. for field training.

Father Bernard Verkamp, a native of Huntingburg, will celebrate his first Mass next Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  in St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg. The newly-ordained priest is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Verkamp of 607 Second Street.

August 8
Jasper and Rockport were eliminated in the opening round of play in the third annual Jaycee Air Show baseball tournament at Huntingburg last evening. Tell City nudged Jasper, 1-0 in the opening game and Boonville  tripped Rockport, 10-2 in the nightcap.

25 Years Ago
July 31, 1989
Three Huntingburg residents were among the 172 students at Hanover College named to the dean’s list for the winter/spring terms. Michael B. Luker, a 1989 cum laude graduate, was a business administration major. He is the son of Robert and Beverly Luker of R. 2, Sunset Drive, Huntingburg. Thomas L. Barnett, a psychology major, will be a senior in the fall. He is the son of Jean Barnettt of 509 Washington Street, Huntingburg. Tammy A. Bowers, a psychology and Spanish major, also will be a senior next fall.  She is the daughter of Paul and Linda “Susie” Bowers of R. 1, Huntingburg. All three students are Southridge graduates.

August 1
It will cost nearly $12 million for the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools to operate in1990. The school board gave initial approval Monday to a budget of $11,987,020. With $6.5 million of the budget raised through local property taxes, the proposed tax rate is $5.14 per $100 of assessed property value. That figure represents a 42 percent increase  over this year’s levy of $3.62. The major reason for the increased tax rate is the renovation of Ireland and Fifth Street elementary schools according to Walter Stutz, the superintendent of the Greater Jasper School Corporation.

August 2
The Southeast School District’s latchkey program is in jeopardy due to a small number of applicants. Each of the three elementary schools in the corporation needs at least 10 applicants to break even, Ferdinand Elementary School principal Lee Begle said this morning. As of Tuesday’s school board meeting only seven students turned in applications to Ferdinand Elementary; three turned in applications at Pine Ridge and two at St. Anthony.

August 3
Lesley Flannagan was crowned Wednesday evening as queen of the 1989 Jasper Strassenfest. Miss Flannagan will reign over activities which open this evening and continue through Sunday. Other winners include Audra Lopez, first runner-up; Ann Verkamp, second runner-up; Tara McNelis, Miss Congeniality; and Amy Beckman, Miss Photogenic. Lesley Flannagan is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Flannagan of Jasper.

August 4
A Huntingburg woman has been appointed as the new manager of the Dubois County License Branch. Rose Ann Kays, formerly Huntingburg’s code enforcement officer, will assume duties at the Wernsing Road office at the end of this month after completing a branch manager training program.
The Area Merchants team, competing in the ASA national softball tournament for boys 19-and-under, won its opening game Thursday in Gadsden, Alabama. The team defeated a squad from Corpus Christi, Texas, 9-5.

August 5
A local teen is competing in the Western Open tennis tourney held in Muncie on the Ball State University campus. In the 18-and-under doubles action, Scott Yarbrough of Jasper and Richard Flores of San Antonio, Texas defeated David Held and Tom Wiese, both of Indianapolis, 7-5, 6-3.

The Area Merchants team won two more games Friday in the ASA national softball tourney for boys 19-and-under. The Area Merchants defeated a team from Philadelphia 13-5. They later won by the score of 13-6 over a team from Berlin, Ohio. The double-eliminationtournament, featuring 50 teams from across the country, will continue through Sunday at Gadsden’s new multi-million dollar softball complex.




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